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alex gard
01-29-2014, 07:19 PM
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5511/12212967644_5f94050d6e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12212967644/)
4x5 Sea-ice (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12212967644/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr

4x5, 150mm, Red 25 Filter, HP5+, T-Max Developer 24 degrees for 14 minutes. Scanned neg, no adjustments

I am new to LF and have been developing my first few negs from my trip down south. Definitely a lot to learn but still having a lot of fun in the process. Here are a few more which didn't turn out as good (semi-stand development)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/12200537704_078a47a193_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12200537704/)
Rocks @ Casey, Antarctica (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12200537704/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3759/12199680554_acb9f09b87_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12199680554/)
4x5 Casey Resupply (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12199680554/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/12196919745_5ccbb74f54_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12196919745/)
4x5 Casey Station, Antarctica (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12196919745/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5508/12188188146_a1eefeba04_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12188188146/)
newcombe bay, antarctica (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12188188146/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr

Toffle
01-29-2014, 07:27 PM
Nice, Alex. Are these processed on the reclaimed darkroom onboard ship? :)

Truzi
01-29-2014, 07:27 PM
Nice work. I really like the last one that didn't turn out "as good." It speaks to me somehow.

alex gard
01-29-2014, 07:31 PM
No these were not processed on the ship as I didn't have my chemicals on board with me. I was supposed to be on the trip they're on now as a person was on compassionate leave but came back as they needed the work. I hope to be back on for the next trip in March and I'll be taking all my processing gear (including a Jobo machine from CATLABS!)
These were all processed at home, using a dark-bag which is really awkward but I'm slowly getting the hang of it.

mrred
01-29-2014, 07:44 PM
nice

Toffle
01-29-2014, 08:00 PM
No these were not processed on the ship as I didn't have my chemicals on board with me. I was supposed to be on the trip they're on now as a person was on compassionate leave but came back as they needed the work. I hope to be back on for the next trip in March and I'll be taking all my processing gear (including a Jobo machine from CATLABS!)
These were all processed at home, using a dark-bag which is really awkward but I'm slowly getting the hang of it.

Processed IN a darkbag? I am more than impressed. Please tell me that's easier than it sounds. :blink:

alex gard
01-29-2014, 08:05 PM
sorry, I meant I loaded the sheets into a MOD54 in a dark bag. Which is a helluva lot easier than loading 120 onto reels in a darkbag.
I've been in touch with a local college so going to use their darkroom while I'm on land, just need to get a couple of pieces and chemicals to get this jobo machine up and running.

andreios
01-30-2014, 03:41 AM
Very nice images... How did you get the chance to get there, if I may ask? It is maybe one of my biggest dreams to visit Antarctica once in my life.

Poisson Du Jour
01-30-2014, 06:48 PM
The fifth image is a winner for me; it is dark, brooding, malavolent and edgy, if lacking the true representation of Antarctica; the picture could be of a scene of anywhere there is water, low hills and snow. If anything is needed, that little blip of a 'berg at lower right could be bigger to give it a more powerful representation. The image is one I would frame and display. I'm ambivalent about B&W for Antarctica (though a number of expeditions have had people exploring the landscape with IR film too). A lot of Australian photographers shoot Antarctica in colour because of the rich and powerful colours and tones in dramatic light of ice floes and bergs; one photographer has at the moment slipped my mind but produced a profoundly beautiful portfolio on Velvia using medium format in morning and evening light about three years ago. Others, namely Australian LF worker David Tatnall, working in B&W, concentrate on the often dramatic and sublime shapes and ephemeral character of chunks of ice in specific shoreline-to-sea locations.

Kevin Caulfield
01-30-2014, 07:26 PM
I too love the fifth one, and can imagine it looking wonderful as a large print. I find it refreshing to see Antarctic photos in monochrome. Well done, and I look forward to seeing more.

alex gard
01-30-2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks guys. It was certainly pretty challenging using only film as I had no immediate feedback. I didn't take a DSLR with me this time, just the hassy and f2. I did lots of bracketing. I'm getting through the bulk of the 120 film now, the 4x5 sheets were a little disappointing as expected as it was more or less my first time shooting/developing 4x5 but I think now I much prefer the 4x5 process and will be using it a lot more in the future.

I took more b&w than colour film with me, majority of the colour was portra, ektar, a little reala & velvia. I am preferring the black and white process for now, I find that when going through colour photos I tend to switch them to b&w anyway.

There are of course people on board that took down mountains of DSLR equipment (one guy on board was doug thost dougthost.com) and I know I probably missed a lot of oppurtunities without fast cameras and fast, long lenses but I want to really challenge myself and I have an oppurtunity to go down there every year through the summer months and want to keep persisting until I really nail the film side of things and am able to come back with stunning prints on film without leaning too much on top-notch technology to get good photos.

There are stunning colours down there and surely colour photos are amazing but I've found from going through my own pictures, the black & white ones appeal to me the most and I was hoping this would be the case as it's the avenue I want to go down and hope to really master.

thanks for looking & the comments :)

Poisson Du Jour
01-31-2014, 12:01 AM
That's what's really important, finding individuality in your choice of whether you shoot in B&W and colour — one over the other, or both. , I was making observations based on what I have seen a number of other photographers come back with, and colour images have on occasion left me unmoved, especially those shot digital. Don't get over-burdened with too much technology, as you've noted (the Hassy would be the choice for getting the beauty on film), and which others should take notice of; the business of taking mountains of DLSR stuff on a cruise often slows down the rest of the group because of the photographer's lack of fluency in equipment exchange and indecision. KISS should be a pre-requisite for Antarctic sojourns. :)

Xmas
01-31-2014, 12:36 AM
They all look cold useful in frame on wall in summer.

CatLABS
01-31-2014, 12:17 PM
Thanks guys. It was certainly pretty challenging using only film as I had no immediate feedback. I didn't take a DSLR with me this time, just the hassy and f2. I did lots of bracketing. I'm getting through the bulk of the 120 film now, the 4x5 sheets were a little disappointing as expected as it was more or less my first time shooting/developing 4x5 but I think now I much prefer the 4x5 process and will be using it a lot more in the future.

I took more b&w than colour film with me, majority of the colour was portra, ektar, a little reala & velvia. I am preferring the black and white process for now, I find that when going through colour photos I tend to switch them to b&w anyway.

There are of course people on board that took down mountains of DSLR equipment (one guy on board was doug thost dougthost.com) and I know I probably missed a lot of oppurtunities without fast cameras and fast, long lenses but I want to really challenge myself and I have an oppurtunity to go down there every year through the summer months and want to keep persisting until I really nail the film side of things and am able to come back with stunning prints on film without leaning too much on top-notch technology to get good photos.

There are stunning colours down there and surely colour photos are amazing but I've found from going through my own pictures, the black & white ones appeal to me the most and I was hoping this would be the case as it's the avenue I want to go down and hope to really master.

thanks for looking & the comments :)

Forget the mod54 - try the Jobo :), though these look great!

alex gard
01-31-2014, 08:12 PM
No worries omer, I'm just waiting on a little adapter for the powerpoint and some C-41 chems and I'll start the jobo up pronto!!!

Jeff Kubach
01-31-2014, 10:02 PM
Great work!

Jeff

alex gard
01-31-2014, 11:46 PM
pretty chuffed with this one

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/12246210743_af8be19a28_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12246210743/)
4x5 Wilkes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12246210743/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr

pbromaghin
02-01-2014, 12:51 AM
Number 4, what the heck is that perfectly round ball?

alex gard
02-01-2014, 02:14 AM
A weather radar i think, or some kind of satellite in weather protective housing


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alex gard
02-02-2014, 03:05 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/12246210743_b426c559dc_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12246210743/)
4x5 Wilkes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexgard/12246210743/) by Alex Gard (http://www.flickr.com/people/alexgard/), on Flickr